@ceagee was a friend of mine (I’m going to use the @ in case she is listening). I met her at Deals.Woot. She drew my attention for her wit, her sense of humor, and her love of music. She really didn’t like me too much at first. She thought I was one of those smart ass Millennials. Well, she was half right. I was smart assed.
It wasn’t until Meh started that we really got to know each other. We started exchanging emails right after Irk answered her question at Ask Irk.
@Barney My heart aches for your loss, and for everyone’s. I wonder if anyone has posted this over on Woot. There are some over there who never wandered over here (it took me an awfully long time, and the death of Deals dot Woot).
Despite the fact that I don’t know any of you personally, I still think of y’all as things close to friends. (I don’t keep friends due to the emotional and mental toll involved, but this is right near there).
Still, hearing about something like this (whether I actually interact with any of you directly) is still painful.
I can’t sleep, so I thought I would share a couple of my last emails with @ceagee.
Hi. Thanks for checking on me-- Gave me much cheer. I have unfortunately been very sick. They still are trying to figure out. Today is MRI. Day. I have had quite a few tests and I see more in my future. Finally see specialist Monday. I wish I could distract myself by hanging at meh. But too hard for that right now.
I hope things are well with you and yours and purple and meh. .
If you have any extra prayers and thoughts or good wishes please send my way. Can never have too many eh?
So I’ve been in a quandary – I didn’t want to email you and bother you if you are not feeling well, but I’ve also been wondering if the specialist has been able to tell you anything. So if you are feeling like emailing, drop me a line. I really hope you are doing better.
You were mentioned today in the new fantasy football thread. Yep, people miss you.
They started running tests toward the end of July. She was gone in early October.
She was such a good person and she dearly loved Meh and the people here.
@Barney It sounds like it was relatively quick, at least. It sounds callous, but I’d rather go quickly than slowly over many years - speaking as someone who helped take care of my grandma who had alzheimer’s for a decade or so.
We received a personal thank you message from Wendy at Volunteers For Animals / Genesee County Animal Shelter:
From: Volunteers For Animals email@example.com
Subject: Re: Notification of Donation Received
Date: February 2, 2017 at 9:04:33 AM CST
Dear Matt and friends,
Thank you for your very generous donation, in memory of Cheryl Gates, to the help the many animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. Because of people like you, we were able to treat and care for the hundreds of animals that come through the doors of the Shelter. We are able to provide basic vet care, vaccines, deworming, testing but most importantly spaying and neutering prior to adoption.
Cheryl was a very special person - we miss her dearly. I have many fond stories of Cheryl helping animals. I was not surprised that she wanted to continue to help the animals at the Shelter.
Thank you again for supporting the animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.
I’m sorry to hear this. When some of our active members don’t post for a while, we usually just assume they’re taking a break because of “real life”. It’s painful to find out that they aren’t coming back. I’ll be thinking of her family and those who knew her well.
I’m not so active on the forums here anymore, and I rarely go to Woot at all anymore, but it breaks my heart to hear about @ceagee
While I can’t pretend we were ever really close, she was a big contributor to both the Deals.woot community and here, which had a play in my participation in both communities. Her death is a shitty bit of news and it saddens me more than I can express.
For those that were close, for her family and her friends, for the stray cats in the world – I’m sorry for your loss. It’s truly sad and she will be missed
/image fuck cancer
A contribution will be made to St Jude’s in her name
It is crazy to think about the imprint one leaves on the lives of others in an internet community. Such a small, regular activity of just checking in and saying hi can turn into life long friendships. While I didn’t have too many in depth conversations with @ceagee, from what I did know, she was a stand up person, and will be greatly missed. RIP
I am so very sorry to hear this news. @ceagee was one of my first friends over on Deals. Woot. I hadn’t kept up with her much lately, but she would pop in over there on the forums from time to time and always wave hello.
I lost a dear friend to cancer this week. Cancer sucks. I don’t understand why sweet, gentle souls are taken out of this world while pieces of crap who take, take, take are left behind.
Many tears to follow tonight.
Rest in Peace my friend @ceagee.
There have been a few requests for more information. I am not comfortable posting it but if you send me an email at sammydog001 at gmail and I recognize you as a friend of ceagee’s and not a troll I will send you a link. The family requested donations to her animal volunteer charity and the address is in the obituary.
Sad wow… I can’t begin to imagine how many times I’ve repeated her name in Irk’s voice in my head. So many sorry’s to those that knew her, those that were fortunate enough to correspond with her and to the rest of our gang here who have been touched by her time with us on meh.
I’m still grieving over Cheryl’s passing, we’ve known each other for about 6 years, and were friends. I’ve taken on the user name “TheFerret” in her memory, I saw the ferret when it was caged. I am also the owner of one of the P7 LED Lenser’s (keepsake). I gave the other one away to another special person after I repaired it.
I joined meh, just to be part of the conversation.
@sammydog01 I really don’t play fantasy football, however, living in Western NY, and being a Buffalo Bills (17 year playoff drought) fan by virtue of proximity, I basically live in a fantasy football league, always fantasizing about the Bills making it to the playoffs. At least round #1… I remember when she was telling me about joining in the league.